BOSTON (AP) — Maikel Franco drove in two runs after another Boston error, Pedro Severino had his second two-hit game in a row and Matt Harvey made his Orioles debut on Saturday in Baltimore’s 4-2 victory over the Red Sox.
Franco’s single came after Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers made a diving stop on Austin Hays’ grounder but sailed the throw to second. The Orioles also took advantage of a Boston error for a two-run inning in Friday’s opener, a 3-0 win.
Harvey missed his chance at the win when he was pulled with two outs in the fifth after giving up two singles and a walk in the inning. A 2013 All-Star, the former New York Met bounced from the Reds to the Angels and Royals without much success before signing a minor league deal with Baltimore this winter.
In all, he was charged with two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out four.
“I would have loved to get him through five,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I was so impressed with Matt. I thought he had really good stuff. He showed the competitor that he is. Throwing strikes, worked ahead in the count, kept guys off balance, a really good first start for him.”
Harvey, who is from Connecticut, rattled off more than a dozen friends and relatives who were at the game to see him pitch at Fenway Park for the first time in his career, including his parents.
“I came to a lot of games when I was younger. It was a special place. It being my first and being part of a win is more special,” he said. “Kicking myself to not get out of that fifth and deeper in the game. But overall it was a solid first start and I’ll try to build off that.”
Adam Plutko (1-0) relieved him and went 2 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. César Valdez pitched the ninth, hitting the first batter and…